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When It Comes to Autism, Everyone Can Advocate, Everyone Can Help | Commentary

Everyone is an advocate. Everyone can make a difference.

Now Is the Time To Take Kidney Care in America to the Next Level | Commentary

For those of us working on behalf of the millions of Americans with kidney disease and kidney failure, itís a proud fact that weíve come such a long way in a relatively short period of time.

'Mad as Hell' Just Isn't Good Enough This Time | Commentary

Once again, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is in the news. Several media outlets are covering the scandal, which includes allegations that VA staff falsified data to create the appearance that veterans were receiving timely appointments at VA medical facilities. In some cases, not only did senior, regional and local VA leaders know these practices were occurring, evidence suggests they may have helped to orchestrate and cover up the scheme. CNN revealed that ďat least 40 veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Health Care System.Ē If true, this is the clearest example yet of systemic problems in the VA.

We've Come a Long Way, but We're Not There Yet | Commentary

Yes. We have come a long way.

A Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Hobby Lobby Could Lead to More Abortions

Itís a difficult reality, but it needs to be stated: a ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby could lead to more abortions. We recognize that this is a provocative statement. Our intention is not merely to get your attention, but to provoke thought. As an evangelical Christian, political science professor and a Jewish, family-planning physician we hope to shed some light on the consequences of an issue that has been at the center of too much partisan rancor and division.

Emergency Rooms See Longer Waits From Health Law

Kentucky has been notably successful in signing residents up for coverage under the new health care law. Residents with serious illnesses are getting treatment after years of putting off medical care because of the expense. Theyíre often receiving that care in a familiar venue, though: the hospital emergency room, with its around-the-clock access and its policy, enforced by federal law, of taking all comers.

Fears of Wait Lists, Problems Like VA Scandal Grow Under Expanded ACA Access to Health Care Options

The crisis over wait times and access to care within the Department of Veterans Affairs health system has raised questions about whether similar problems could occur in the broader health care system as government-subsidized coverage spreads throughout the country.

Nutritious and Affordable - Giving Schools A Choice In Lunch Options | Commentary

School cafeteria professionals have been leading the charge to help students adopt healthier lifestyles. They have been improving school menus, offering a wider variety of produce and whole grains, and reducing the sodium and calories in school meals.

Pediatric Research Bill Offers Guidance, No Clear Funding Guarantees

A pediatric research bill Congress cleared this week is winning praise for boosting efforts to combat childhood diseases, but the measure will not change any spending levels unless appropriators allocate money for the work to the National Institutes of Health.

Pediatric Research Bill Championed by Cantor Signed by Obama

A pediatric research bill that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor helped shepherd through the House became law on April 3 after President Barack Obama signed the measure at a ceremony attended by Cantor, other lawmakers and the family of the young girl for which it was named.

White House Ducks Questions on Deporting Child Migrants

The Obama administration stressed Monday that child migrants entering the country illegally must go through deportation proceedings, but continued to avoid answering questions about how many of them actually show up and end up getting deported.

Complacency Is the Enemy of Competence | Commentary

The crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs represents more than just an everyday political scandal.

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Fiscal Diagnosis Only Gets Tougher for Health Care Law

For Democratic lawmakers who were hesitant to sign onto the sweeping 2010 health care law, one of the most powerful selling points was that the Affordable Care Act would actually reduce the federal budget deficit, despite the additional costs of extending health insurance coverage to the uninsured.

The Hidden Failure of Obama's Health Care Overhaul

At least 2.9 million Americans who signed up for Medicaid coverage as part of the health care overhaul have not had their applications processed, with some paperwork sitting in queues since last fall, according to a 50-state survey by CQ Roll Call.

How Website Woes Foiled Obamacare a Second Time

To estimate how many Medicaid applicants are sitting on waiting lists, CQ Roll Call called and emailed officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and combined estimates from the 41 that responded as of May 29.

The Real Spirit of Memorial Day: Put Veterans First | Commentary

For us, as the commanders of our nationís three largest veteransí organizations, Memorial Day is a time of solemnity more than celebration, of remembrance more than recreation. Of course, we donít begrudge anyone who observes the traditional start of summer with a barbecue, picnic or other festivities. But we do hope that our fellow Americans will take at least a few minutes to recognize the reason why May 26 was a national holiday: To honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our nation and preserve our freedom.

White House Boosts Response to Surge in Child Migrants

President Barack Obama ordered the creation of a high-level working group to respond to the recent surge in unaccompanied immigrant children, following congressional criticism that he has neglected to acknowledge the extra money and effort needed to handle the crisis.

It's Time to Level the Playing Field in Cancer Care | Commentary

When business and health care intersect, doctors are faced with troubling and seemingly impossible situations. While our primary focus is always the patient, and delivering the best available care for that patient, flawed health care policies that go against what we want for our patients ó and for our health care system ó are making our job increasingly difficult.

National Security Will Suffer With Derailment of School Nutrition Standards | Commentary

Four years ago, hundreds of retired admirals and generals formed a united front on the war against childhood obesity in support of the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. As a result of that legislation, more than 90 percent of the nationís school districts are successfully implementing nutrition standards that ensure students are offered appealing, nourishing school lunches.

A Bipartisan Solution to Protect America's Most Vulnerable Patients | Commentary

Many of the hospitals that serve our nationís most vulnerable populations often face a steep penalty, costing them valuable resources and ultimately hurting the very people that the penalty aims to protect: the patient.

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